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Alive [Live]
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
June 23, 2002

There have been many imitators, but none can duplicate the one-of-a-kind sound created by Los Angeles legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers. With roots in high school friendships forged at Fairfax High School, the band has endured drug addiction and crumbling relationships, as well as fame and great wealth. RHCP are rock survivors, and the title track and first single from their eagerly-anticipated album "By The Way" (due July 9th) is in the radio.wazee spotlight this week.

"[The song is] about a night in the life," frontman Anthony Kiedis says. "It's a landscape of L.A. - an evening that happens simultaneously across the entire city, and the feeling of anticipation and hope and joy of going out into the fray. Maybe you're going to meet some magical adventure partner that's going to warm the cockles of your soul and sing you songs and hold your hand and take you to places to go dancing. But it's also about people getting beat up, and drug deals happening, and prostitution going on, and car crashes and people playing dice. It's about all of this stuff happening at the same time." Kiedis describes it as one of the heavier cuts on the new disc, which is otherwise sprinkled with less surging, more melodic fare. Longtime RHCP producer Rick Rubin is again on board for this latest album, which Kiedis describes as "rich." "It's going to spank your ass… in a good way," he says.

The video for "By the Way" was helmed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who directed award-winning clips for Korn ("Freak on a Leash") and Smashing Pumpkins ("Tonight, Tonight"). The clip, which guitarist John Frusciante described as "funny and scary at the same time," was influenced by a wild car chase in the Mexican film "Amores Perros."

RHCP recently took home an ESPN Action Sports and Music Award for Artist Contribution, and they’ve also recorded a cover version of the Ramones' "Havana Affair." It will be featured on a tribute album due this summer that will also include Rob Zombie, Green Day, the Offspring and others.

 



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